20.3- The Great Society • Johnson Takes Over o As popular as Kennedy had become to this point in his life before he died, Lyndon Baines Johnson was to become just as popular due to his motivation and drive that he exhibited in order to continue Kennedy’s legacy. When he was young, FDR helped him progress within his political career, making him Johnson’s idol and motivated to mimic his leadership style. o This was a good decision on Johnson’s behalf as this allowed him to prove himself to both the people and Congress.
FDR Vs. LBJ Because of their position in the government, Americans have such high standards for presidents. However, a lot of the time presidents are criticized more for their mistakes rather than their accomplishments. As Michael Siegel shows in his book President as Leader “presidential leadership is exercised by real, flawed human beings, and not by superheroes or philosopher-kings beyond the reach of scrutiny or critique.”
Lyndon Johnson 's desire to build a "Great Society" came from his roots in Texas where he lived in poverty. While pursuing his studies at Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1928-1929, he became a teacher at a predominately Mexican American school. He was forever impacted by the extreme poverty that his students lived in and would begin to view poverty as more isolating than racism (Lyndon B. Johnson, 2018). This would influence his goals to end poverty and expand education. In his speech in 1964, Johnson called for America to become a "Great Society", so that no child would be hungry or uneducated, teachers would have good pay, there would be good schools, and the nation would be a place where all people had dignity and workers would have jobs (Schultz, 2014).
President Johnson was an important figure in the civil rights movement. Johnson wanted to make the United States a "Great Society". Johnson had passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Johnson’s primary goal was to end the poverty and racial injustice. He saw that racial discrimination was a big problem and that it effected the economic growth of the country.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was the thirty-sixth American president. What is also important, he was born in Stonewall, Texas. One of the most controversial persons of the Contemporary History, L.B. Johnson undoubtedly had a great effect on the life of the country in general and on the life of the state. It is hard to trace the influence of a person of such scale on the single State, but it makes the task more interesting.
The Great Society was a set of programs in the United States launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the main goal was the eliminate poverty and racial injustice. Over 60 programs were part of the Great Society which was based from Franklin D. Roosevelt 's New Deal (1933–1937). Lyndon B. Johnson became president after John F. Kennedy assassination (November 22, 1963, Dallas, TX) , under Johnson’s presidency he enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1964, War on Poverty, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Anti-Anti-Poverty Program, New GI Bill, Minimum Wage Increase, Food Stamp, Housing Act, Medicare, Child Nutrition, School Breakfasts, Environment Aid, and Elementary and Secondary Education Act ( No Child Left Behind revamped)
Being an effective leader should not be judge on if the actions were morally correct or not but how the leader effected others. Andrew Jackson was a very effective leader, his decisions now are not viewed as morally correct but if he was not an exceptional leader he would have not been able to convince so many individuals to go along with his plans.
Steven Lawson views Lyndon Johnson as the ‘foremost practitioner of civil rights ever to occupy the White House’ and believes that he was in fact driven to improve the lives and status of Black Americans. However, he argues that his civil rights effort was weakened by both his obsessions with maintaining a ‘middle ground’ and the external factors which contributed to the breakdown of consensus. Lawson claims that Johnson felt that it was his ‘moral obligation [to help] every person of every skin colour’ and that it was the tragic death of Kennedy which enabled him to carry out this. He contradicts the argument laid out by Robert Caro that Johnson’s civil rights interest was influenced by political motives and that he pressured into acting
The Great Society program was made by the president Lyndon B. Johnson in the year of 1965. Since the creation of the program, people are debating that the Great Society Program was good to the country or bad. I think that the Great Society Program was good for the country but it did have some bad things about it.
My topic is the Lyndon B Johnson Civil Rights Act. I choose this topic because civil rights continue to be a relevant topic years after President Johnson signed the bill. This topic is relevant to taking a stand in history because a lot of people did not agree with Lyndon B. Johnson when he signed the bill, but he was passionate about giving black people the same rights as white people. The civil rights bill was a project years in the making, and after John F. Kennedy’s term, LBJ continued the fight for civil rights.
The President I have have chosen is Andrew Johnson. He was the 17th President of the United States serving from 1865-1869. He started out as a vice president when president Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. After that someone had to be elected the new president. Andrew Johnson was chosen.